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Racing To Save Dying Coral Reefs, With Scientific Innovations

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While they might be easily mistaken for rocks or plants, coral reefs are actually colonies of animals. These small but mighty creatures cover only a percent of the ocean floor.

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Yet they constitute one of Earth’s oldest and most important ecosystems—serving as home sweet home to a dizzying array of sea life.

Protecting our coastlines from violent storms and supporting the algae that produce 50% to 85% of our planet’s oxygen.

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But climate change threatens every one of coral’s 800-plus species, all of which reproduce very infrequently.To fight back, Mary Hagedorn created the ocean’s first fertility clinic—a global effort equipped with cryopreservation technology and a determined team of scientists.